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  ISSUE 2/2010 21 January 2010  
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

This time there's a lot to inform about so I won't take your time reading a long and boring introduction text, but straight to this week's issues, starting with our first event of the year, the luncheon meeting with Mr. Jyrki Katainen, Finland's Minister of Finance who also serves as the Deputy Prime Minister.

  Tuesday, 26 January
Joint Nordic Luncheon Meeting with Mr. Jyrki Katainen, Minister of Finance of Finland

At the Joint Nordic Luncheon Meeting organized by the FCCJ on 26th of January we will have Mr. Jyrki Katainen, Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister of Finland as our guest speaker. In November 2008, the Financial Times named Katainen as the best finance minister in Europe.

Date & Time:Tuesday, 26 January, 12.00-14:00
Venue: Hotel Okura, Kensington Terrace (South Wing 12F) MAP
Cost:7,000 yen for members, guests 8,000 yen (collected at the door)
Registration:by Friday, 22 January

Minister Katainen's Profile
Jyrki Katainen, born October 14, 1971, is the chairman of the Finnish National Coalition Party (Kokoomus) and the current Minister of Finance of Finland. Katainen became a member of Siilinjärvi municipal council in 1993. He was elected member of the Finnish Parliament (Eduskunta) from the district of Northern Savonia in 1999, served as the vice-chairman of his party since 2001, becoming its leader in 2004.

In the 2007 parliamentary election, the National Coalition led by Katainen won the second place from the Social Democrats. Katainen became the Finance Minister in the new cabinet with Center, National Coalition, Greens, and Swedish People's party.

In March 2003, he was elected Vice President of the European People's Party (EPP) for a three-year term.

If you like to attend, please click link at right, no later than tomorrow Friday!
Note that we have to invoice the lunch fee for cancellations after 12:00 on Monday, 25 January and "no-shows".
To check who has already registered, click HERE!!
Tuesday, 2 March
FCCJ Clun Evening at Moomin Bakery & Café

Our next Club Evening will be held on Tuesday, 2 March at the Moomin Bakery & Café in Tokyo Dome City La Qua, Korakuen. Come and meet old and new friends in a relaxing atmosphere accompanied by Finnish style food and drinks!
We encourage you also to invite other members of your staff and/or your spouse!

Date & Time:Tuesday, 2 March, 19:00-21:00
Place: Moomin Bakery & Cafe
Tokyo Dome City, LaQua 1F, 1-1-1, Kasuga, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
Cost:Members: 4,000 yen, non-Members: 4,500 yen (collected at the door)
including one drink and light buffet
Registration:by Friday, 26 February

More about Moomin Bakery & Café:

Please note that we will collect the fee at the door and provide you with a receipt. Late cancellations and no-shows will be invoiced.

If you like to attend, please click link below.

Friday 3 February - JMEC Open Lecture Series
William Reed: "Make your Message Memorable"

The year of the tiger promises energy and challenges. Creative and critical thinking skills continue to be crucial to succeed in any market. According to the JMEC mission to help foster the next generation of global leadership, JMEC is proud to start an open lecture series inviting business leaders to share their wisdom in JMEC fashion - hands-on and practical.

Kicking off this series is William Reed speaking about "How to Make Your Message Memorable" at the Apple Store in Ginza, on Friday, 3 February, 19:00-20:00. This talk is free of charge! Seats are limited, so please RSVP on line. The presentation will be followed by an informal networking social at Lion Ginza (4,000 yen).

To learn more and RSVP click link at right.
Thursday 25 - Sunday 28 February
The 6th Foreign Embassy and World Businessmen Skiing Competition

In case you like skiing, please read on...

The Association of Industry and Corporate Skiing of Japan is organizing the 6th Foreign Embassy Staff & World Businessmen at the Joetsu Kokusai Ski Resort in Minamiuonuma city, Niigata prefecture between 25th and 28th of February. The resort is about 2.5 hours from Tokyo by Shinkansen and local train/bus. By car it is about 200 km and takes about 3 hours.

Our Embassy if considering participating and would be interested to "join forces" with the FCCJ to get a Finnish team to the event. If you are interested, please contact me for further steps. Note that there are several events, individual and team competitions. The team event is on Saturday so it is possible to travel Friday night only spend the weekend.

Date:Thursday 25 - Sunday 28 February
Venue: Joetsu Kokusai Ski Resort, Minamiuonuma city, Niigata pref. MAP.
Cost:4,000 yen + travel (ca 15,000 yen & lodging ca 12,000 yen/night)
Registration:by Sunday, 31 January

For more details, please refer to the attached sheet (link below; pdf 1.2 MB).
EURObiZ Japan Launched

The European Business Council in Japan (EBC) is pleased to announce the launch of their new magazine - EURObiZ Japan, a monthly magazine which in its January issue has a cover story titled "Aviation policy - up in the air", an interview with Otto Benz, chairman of the EBC Airlines Committee and general manager for Japan of Lufthansa.
The issue also carries an article about "our own" Erik Ullner, the EBC Treasurer and member of the FCCJ Board of Trustees.

If you are a member of the FCCJ ) or any other European Chamber affiliated with the EBC) you should have received a copy of the magazine. Of not, contact me.
In addition to the hardcopy, a website dedicated to the magazine which will be updated with every issue, is available at or you can access it via the EBC website at

Finland Village - in case you did not know...

...home away from home..

As many of you know, the Finland Village in Koumi-machi, Nagano pref., is operated in close cooperation with the FCCJ as most of its shareholders are FCCJ members and the operation of it is run from the same office as the FCCJ. Therefore, even though you are not a shareholder (member) of Finland Village, but member of the chamber, you could still test-use the facilities at member fees.
Contact us for more information.

Finland Village has recently issued a newsletter with fresh information on what to do around the village as well as detailed data on the facilities and usage rates. Click link below (or image above) for a pdf version (1.8 MB) of the newsletter!

About Finland Village
K.K. Finland Village was established in 1992 for the purpose of creating a high class and affordable recreation facility for companies, their staff and for people interested in a Finnish type resort. Today the Village has 46 shareholders representing both Finnish and Japanese individuals and companies.

Finland Village was constructed using the best Finnish construction materials and interior products available. This has created a comfortable and luxurious atmosphere which makes your stay in the village a true escape from big cities.

News from Finland

Väyrynen says to stand at Finnish Centre party conference

Paavo Väyrynen, the Finnish foreign trade and development minister, announced Tuesday he would stand as a candidate at a Centre party conference in June to replace Matti Vanhanen as party leader and prime minister.

Mr Väyrynen, 63, said he would renew the party's image thanks to many years of absence from domestic politics.

Mr Väyrynen led the party between 1980 and 1990 and was a member of the European Parliament in 1995-2007.

He is the first to declare his intention to stand at the Lahti conference on 12 June after Mr Vanhanen announced last month he would step down.

Grin of the Week

Whose fault?

A farmer walked into an attorney's office wanting to file for a divorce. The attorney asked, "May I help you?" The farmer said, "Yea, I want to get one of those dayvorce's."

The attorney said, "well do you have any grounds?" The farmer said, "Yea, I got about 140 acres." The attorney said, " No, you don't understand, do you have a case?" The farmer said, "No, I don't have a Case, but I have a John Deere."

The attorney said, "No you don't understand, I mean do you have a grudge?" The farmer said, "Yea I got a grudge, that's where I park my John Deere." The attorney said, "No sir, I mean do you have a suit?"

The farmer said, "Yes sir, I got a suit. I wear it in church on Sundays."

The exasperated attorney said, "Well sir, does your wife beat you up or anything?"

The farmer said, "No sir, we both get up about 4:30." Finally, the attorney says, "Okay, let me put it this way. "WHY DO YOU WANT A DIVORCE?"

And the farmer says, "Well, I can never have a meaningful conversation with her."
Best regards

Clas G. Bystedt
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This bulletin is published by the Finnish Chamber of Commerce in Japan (FCCJ) and distributed to over 650 recipients among its members and related organizations.

FCCJ was established in April 1999 to promote trade and economic exchange between Japan and Finland and has today 62 corporate members, 16 individual and one special member.